Overview

Adventure Geek invites you to the Kothaligad Fireflies Festival Trek 2024
Kothaligad is known as the fort of Peth because the village of Pethwadi village is situated at its base. The Wall Fort of Peth Fort can be seen from the Village. On reaching the top of the fort, we see a water tank and a staircase with Huge steps. There is a small temple a large cave at the base and a chimney-like tunnel to the top of the fort. 
Four to five potholes and some cannon balls are scattered in the fort. Bhimashankar Range, Siddhagad Fort, Malanggad, Chanderi Fort, Prabalgad, Manikgad Fort, and Matheran Range All these surrounding historical places are visible from the top of Fort Peth.

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Kothaligad Fireflies Festival Trek Cost

  • Child and Adult: Rs. 999/- per person

 

1 Day 25 May, 01 Jun, 08 Jun, and more Aamrai, Maharashtra
Batches Available

Batch 1 : 18th - 19th May 2024

Batch 2 : 25th - 26th May 2024

Batch 3 : 1st - 2nd June 2024

Batch 4 : 8th - 9th June 2024

Batch 5 : 15th - 16th June 2024

Highlights

The Kothaligad Fireflies Festival, held in Maharashtra, India, is a mesmerizing natural phenomenon that attracts travelers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. Here are some highlights of the festival:

  1. Spectacular Firefly Display : The main attraction of the festival is the spectacular display of fireflies lighting up the night sky. Thousands of fireflies gather in the dense forests around Kothaligad Fort, creating a magical ambiance that enchants visitors.

  2. Night Trekking : Visitors can embark on night treks through the lush greenery of the Western Ghats to witness the fireflies in their natural habitat. The trekking experience adds an element of adventure to the festival and allows participants to connect with nature on a deeper level.

  3. Campfire and Music : After the trek, participants gather around a campfire to relax and enjoy live music performances. It's a perfect opportunity for travelers to unwind, share stories, and make new friends under the starry night sky.

  4. Local Cuisine : The festival also offers a chance to savor delicious local cuisine, including traditional Maharashtrian dishes cooked over an open flame.

  5. Conservation Awareness : The festival often promotes awareness about the importance of conserving natural habitats and protecting firefly populations. Through workshops, talks, and interactive sessions, participants learn about sustainable tourism practices and ways to minimize their ecological footprint.

  6. Photography Opportunities : For photography enthusiasts, the Kothaligad Fireflies Festival provides endless opportunities to capture stunning shots of the illuminated fireflies against the backdrop of the fort and the surrounding wilderness.

  7. Community Engagement : The festival fosters a sense of community among participants, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who share a passion for nature and adventure. It's a celebration of camaraderie and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

Overall, the Kothaligad Fireflies Festival offers a magical experience that combines adventure, culture, and conservation, making it a must-visit event for anyone seeking to reconnect with nature and witness one of the most enchanting displays of bioluminescence in the world.

Itinerary

Kothaligad Fireflies Trek 2024
Firefly Trek 2024
Schedule 

Catch the 4:30 pm CSMT- KARJAT fast local. People who live on the slow track station please come to your nearest station.

  • Board the second compartment from the Karjat side which is the second last from the CSMT side.
  • Everybody will board the same local and we meet on the train itself.
  • Members are requested to take return tickets to Karjat on their own.


Time table is as follows:-
Karjat Fast local
CST : 16:30 Hrs
Byculla : 16:37
Dadar : 16:43
Kurla : 16:50
Ghatkopar : 16:54
Mulund : 17:06
Thane : 17:10
Dombivali : 17:22
Kalyan : 17:30
Karjat : 18:20 Hrs.

Note:- Missing the train means missing the event.

Meeting Point: Karjat Station – 06:20 pm
Day 01 : Saturday 

06:30 pm : We will proceed to Ambivali base village of Kothaligad Fort by tum-tum or private vehicle.
07:30 pm : Reach Ambiwali, Introduction round & Snack
Ascend – Enjoy Fireflies en-route
Reach Pethwadi by 9.30 pm
10.00 pm : Have dinner and stay overnight at the Village House
10:30 pm : Start trekking & Enjoy Fireflies on the way while trekking.
12.00 pm : Off to sleep

Day 02 : Sunday
06:00 am : Wake up call, Sunrise view, Explore & Photography & Breakfast
06.30 am : Start to ascend to the summit of Kothaligad fort
08:00 am : Reach on top, Explore, and rest
09:30 am : Have breakfast and start descending.
11:30 am : Reach Base Villages
12:00 pm : Leave for Karjat by bus/ Private Vehicles
01:30 pm : Reach Karjat and take locals to Mumbai.
 

Booking Procedure:

  • Click on the "BOOK NOW" button.
  • Select your date & proceed.
  • Select the Number of TIckets. (If you have a coupon code, apply at this stage)
  • Fill in our personal details and proceed.
  • Select your payment type (UPI, Debit Card, Credit Card) and proceed.
  • Once your tickets are booked, you will receive a confirmation email and WhatsApp on your Number 
  • WhatsApp group will Make and will add you in the Group one day prior to the Departure 
  • Further details about the trip will be shared on that WhatsApp group 1 day prior to the trip. 

Step 1: - Send your money to the following account ---

√ Payment details:

NOTE:

  1. While online transfer, please provide your name in the notes section.
  2. Once payment is done, please send an email to adventuregeekk@gmail.com with the transaction id, name, and Mobile No.

You can make payments using any of the following modes

  • UPI – vinaykg05@okaxis
  • Google Pay  – 9004675388
  • PhonePay - 9004675388

NEFT – Deposit the Amount into the Following Account:

  • Name: Adventure Geek
  • A/c type: Current account
  • Bank: Saraswat Bank
    * Branch: Mahavir Nagar
  • A/C no.:  610000000013647(8 times 0)
  • IFSC: Srcb0000146

Step 2: After payment, you will be requested to fill up the Mandatory disclaimer form online where you have to fill in relevant details including your complete address.

Step 3: Now your participation is confirmed the organizer will create a WhatsApp group on the event day for coordination, We will coordinate through SMS/ Call if the participant is not available in WhatsApp.

For Details/Bookings Drop Whatsapp

https://wa.me/919004675388


FAQ for Kothaligad Fireflies trek :

1) Where is the Kothaligad fort Located?

  • Kothaligad Fort is located in Karjat Region, Ambivali is the base village of Kothaligad Fort.

2) Is it safe to trek to Kothaligad Fort?

  • Yes, It is Totally safe to trek to Kothaligad Fort.

3) Can solo female/Solo travelers join Kothaligad Fort?

  • We have 60 - 40 % or more Male - Female ratios at our events.

Many Single Travelling females join our events.

4) Are Kids allowed on treks?

  • Kids below 15 with Parents are allowed 

5) How many Participants do you take on one Batch?

  • We take 20-30 pax in one Batch. Both Males and females with a ratio of 40-60.

6) Is there food available on the Kothaligad Fort trek?

  • We have Dinner and Breakfast in our package you will get at the base village of Peth Fort

7) What type of food will be provided?

  • Only Veg local home-cooked food is available.

8) Where we will Stay at Night?

  • We will stay in a Village home-stay at Pethwadi before the Kothaligad summit, Trekkers need to bring light-weighted chaddar 

9) Are washroom Facilities available at Kothaligad Fort?

  • Yes, the Indian style is available at the homestay.
    Fireflies & Trekking Festival ...
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transportation from Karjat to Kothaligad Base village and Back to Karjat,
  • Breakfast and tea at Kothaligad base village
  • Dinner (Veg Only)
  • Adventure Geek Guide & Expertise Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any personal expenses
  • Any other charges non mentioned above.
Things to carry
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • DSLR
  • Torch
  • Photo ID card
  • Some ready to eat food (chips, cakes, biscuits)
  • Drinking water
  • camera
  • Personal medication if any
  • Sleeping Bag if required
Note
  • Expect sluggish conditions at places around because you would be visiting it soon after the rainfall (most probably!). Mind your surroundings.
  • Don’t flash a torch at a tree full of fireflies. They go mad upon seeing the light.
  • The worms are not warm, they emit light because of the phenomenon called bioluminescence. So when they sit on you, allow them to walk. Don’t get scared.
  • Since it is not a luxury trip, do not expect any luxury.
  • All food is hygienic and authentic local delicacy.
  • You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident, reasons beyond control like Natural calamities, landslides, bad road conditions, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure etc.; Man-Made calamities, Vehicle breakdown, vehicle dysfunction can happen & you agree that the organizer/leader shall not be held responsible for any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances.
  • Adventure Geek is not responsible for any loss of illegal substances or items being carried by the participant.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
  • Cancellation within 12 hours of payment 100% refundable. (Not applicable on payments made before or less than 36 hours of the event.)
  • If cancellation is done prior to 6 days of outing 70% will be refunded.
  • If done prior to 3 days of outing 30% will be refunded
  • After that, no refund will be provided.
  • Advance amount will not be refunded.
  • Pickup point
    Karjat Railway Station, Aamrai, Karjat, Maharashtra, India View on Map